The Senate failed to lay the 2017 Appropriation Bill in plenary

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The Senate on Thursday, failed to lay the 2017 Appropriation Bill in plenary, contrary to its promise to Nigerians that the bill would be passed before Friday.

The tenure of the 2016 Appropriation Act would end today.

Against expectations, the Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, moved a motion for the bill to be stepped down till Tuesday. The motion was seconded by Deputy Minority Leader, Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha.

Lawan said that he had been informed that the budget would be ready and laid on Tuesday and therefore, urged the lawmakers to wait until that day to have the report from the Appropriation Committee.

In his remarks, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided at the plenary, explained that the development was to enable both chambers of the National Assembly to complete the budget harmonization.

He said that though the senate was billed to receive the report on Thursday, it was informed in the morning that it was important for “it to be on the same page’’ with the House of Representatives.

BY JUDE